VIP Circle Levels and Benefits

Actor $250-$499

Star $500-$999

A-Lister $1,000-$2,499

Director $2,500-$4,999

Producer $5,000-$9,999

Executive Producer $10,000-$14,999

Studio Mogul $15,000-$20,000

News vs. Stories

Over the last decade or more, local newspapers and media outlets have been faced with continual cuts to staff thus impacting the quality of news we receive. Our own Mercury News is just the latest of trusted local news sources to be down-sized.

I’m often asked, “why don’t you start a news program?” My answer is pretty simple and it’s that it’s not our role. However, Community Media Centers still play a vital role in keeping our community informed and engaged.

Community Media Centers offer an authentic, unfiltered look into the fabric of our community, in all its diverse and unique ways. We’ll show you cooking shows, next to conversations with activists, next to weekly announcements by local high schools. While this isn’t “news,” it is the stories of our community that paint a more complex and diverse picture than any newspaper or nightly news program can tell you.

Since the dawn of time, humans have made stories to help them understand the world that they live in. Stories help us understand a concept or idea in a very personal way and when they are told without the filter of newsworthiness, we have an opportunity to hear opinions, experiences and thoughts directly from the source. CreaTV may not have a news program but we fill a vital role in helping tell the stories which may not otherwise be heard.

Local news and unfiltered stories both play a role in helping us to understand the world. To learn how some at the Mercury News are thinking about these issues, check out the February episode of Valley Politics.

– Chad Johnston, CEO, CreaTV San Jose

Editor’s Note: Pictured above is Barbara Marshman, former editor of the editorial page of the Mercury News, as she appeared on the February episode of Valley Politics, before the recent layoffs. The episode is available to watch on demand at 

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